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Does Jason Know Fulci?

I’ve been on a FRIDAY THE 13TH kick lately, after making a pilgrimage to Camp Crystal Lake. I was rewatching my favorite film in the FRIDAY franchise, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART SEVEN: THE NEW BLOOD, when something struck me that had never previously occurred to me: just how much Jason in this movie, when he…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 18

Enveloped in the near-complete darkness of the jungle, surrounded by madness and oppressed by chaos, Deb Ashemoore had gazed into the abyss, and the abyss had almost swallowed her. The Darkness had reached out to grasp her as a child might crush a captured firefly in its hand. Then, at the last instant, it had…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Chapter 17

Brian had just drifted off to sleep when the Darkness came for him. He awoke with a start to a feeling of deep dread. Lying on his side, he surveyed the room, his eyes accustomed to the dark. He saw nothing amiss and reasoned that he must have awakened from an unremembered nightmare. He closed…

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Evil Dead—NOW!

Not the National Organization of Women–but it would be funny if the forthcoming movie *was* based on them, considering groups like NOW have a history of not exactly loving the Horror movies. Remember that Nike commercial featuring a woman outrunning a slasher? It was yanked after some uptights, including, reportedly, people claiming to represent the…

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Fireside Chats: On the Road—Lagrange

Not the song by ZZ Top. Lagrange is a historical site in northwest Alabama, a town where a college—the first in the State, opening in 1830—once stood. The college transitioned to a military academy in 1857. During the Civil War, Union soldiers, the infamous 10th Missouri Calvary known as the “Destroying Angels”, burned it to…

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Fireside Chats: On the Road—Mountain Tom Clark

In Alabama the quarantine continues. Not that anyone is adhering to it anymore. Even before the protests over the murder of the unarmed black man by the white thuggish cop got started, people around here were ignoring all the guidelines about social distancing and wearing masks. The only thing that quarantine really means now is…

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My Belles

During this time of quarantine, Theatre companies have had to get creative insofar as delivering new entertainment to the masses is concerned, as have performers had to get creative in finding ways to scratch their peculiar itch to put on shows. Both needs have been met, to some extent, via the Internet. Theatre companies and…

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Fireside Chats: The Missing Body

I monitor all things vampire and sanguinarian (big difference between the two, as I define things) on social media. I am frequently taken aback at the childishness I see, the petty bickering that seems endemic to every online interaction. Then there are the serious feuds. I have chosen not to take sides in them, but…

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Black Phillip and the Vampires

“Black Peter, Black Peter, a crown grows out his head! Black Peter, Black Peter, to nanny queen is wed. Jump to the fence post, running in the stall. Black Peter, Black Peter, king of all! Black Peter, Black Peter, king of sky and land, Black Peter, Black Peter, king of sea and sand. We are…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Part 16

Deb, Sanura, and Gale had disappeared into the nether-realm of the jungle, separated in mere seconds from the outside world, isolated and insignificant. The flames spreading back in the camp, diffused through the brush, or one of the signal flares streaking through the night sky provided the scarce light by which they moved. The sounds…

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Orgy of the Dead Beer

This came to my attention by way of my Facebook friend Jason Underwood. Jason is a fellow Ed Wood enthusiast and is working on a bio of director Stephen Apostolof, who over the course of his career served as director on numerous erotic films, low-budget “nudie cuties”, and various other exploitation fare. (And was famous…

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THE CHOSEN Part Two: IN THE PADDED BELLY OF A CONCRETE WHALE Part 15

Dave tossed and turned in his gauzy sheets, sweating despite the air conditioning. His eyeballs twitched behind the lids, indicative of the deepest stage of dreaming. Dave’s mind roamed far away over the planes of the unconscious. Aware that he was dreaming, Dave opened himself to all the dream offered, any insights or omens which…

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